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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Seattleites encouraged to apply for new Transit Advisory Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
4/24/2015  10:30:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548


Seattleites encouraged to apply for new Transit Advisory Board

SEATTLE – Public transit is becoming more and more critical to providing convenient and efficient travel in Seattle. To increase public involvement in transit-related decisions, the Seattle City Council recently approved a new Transit Advisory Board and the City is accepting applications for board members through May 1.

The Transit Advisory Board will advise elected officials and City departments on transit-related issues to help ensure the City provides Seattle communities with the best transit services possible. A key responsibility of the board will be to make recommendations and provide oversight on the spending of approximately $45 million from Proposition 1 approved by voters last fall. Other key roles will include advising the City on implementation of the Seattle Transit Master Plan and operation of the growing Seattle streetcar system.

The new board will have 11 members plus a member of the Get Engaged (youth leadership) program, all of whom will serve staggered two or three-year terms. Five appointments will be made by the Seattle City Council and six appointments by the Mayor. The board is expected to meet monthly. Board members will be representative of:

  • Different geographic areas of the city;
  • Different transit rider groups (persons with disabilities, senior and school age citizens, commuters, low-income riders);
  • Travelers of different modes of public transportation (e.g. bus, light rail, streetcar and ferry);
  • Seattle residents with an interest in improving transit conditions within the city and region, and have experience with urban transit issues;
  • Transit-related organizations/clubs; and
  • Schools, businesses and neighborhood organizations that particularly depend on the city’s public transportation system.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the City's boards and commissions. Women, young persons, seniors, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color and immigrants are encouraged to apply.

Seattle residents interested in serving on the Transit Advisory Board should submit a resume and a letter of interest by May 1 to Bill LaBorde of the Seattle Department of Transportation at Bill.LaBorde@seattle.gov.


 

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